The Urban Hive, the rapidly-growing coworking community and professional gathering space founded by Brandon and Molly Weber, has announced plans to open an expansive flagship location in the historic Cannery. Home to hundreds of independent workers, entrepreneurs, creatives, consultants, and startups, The Urban Hive recently signed a lease for approximately 14,000 square feet–along with an option to expand into the adjacent 9,000 square feet–as a key tenant in the 275,000 square foot campus being created by local developer Mark Friedman.
The Urban Hive was one of the earliest coworking ventures in the nation when it opened its first location in Midtown Sacramento nearly eight years ago, providing work, gathering, and meeting space for independent workers and small teams who were looking for a professional communal environment. Since its launch, The Urban Hive has been globally recognized for the quality of its space and community, most recently ranking #1 in California and #4 in the U.S. by Paste Magazine. Locally, it is known for its innovative culture and quality membership, which includes creatives and designers, place-makers and consultants. It has become a favorite for local tech entrepreneurs like Mark Otero, founder of Capital Games (acquired by EA), and has attracted a number of recent tech companies relocating to the region. The Urban Hive has also served as the Sacramento home to a number of well-known global brands, including Lyft, Pandora, Postmates, WordPress, AngelHack, and TED Conferences.
“The Urban Hive has a unique ability to create environments that inspire creativity and collaboration,” said Mark Friedman, the Managing Partner of Cannery Venture LP. “We regard The Urban Hive as an essential catalyst for the technology ecosystem that is developing at the Cannery and for Sacramento’s continued evolution as a great place to build the future “
Across the globe, coworking spaces have been changing how people in small businesses and startups think about work space. For some, coworking provides a place away from the traditional, to connect with other entrepreneurs and meet clients and investors in a professional-yet-cool environment. For others, they have provided rapidly-expanding companies a flexible space to grow before committing to long-term leases. Originally seen as an option for scrappy entrepreneurs, coworking spaces have become thriving communities of business leaders and landing pads of choice for fast-growing small businesses.
The Urban Hive strives to take coworking to another level at the Cannery, continuing its focus on member experience. The sophisticated, industrial modern space is being designed by HGA Architects and furnished by local Herman Miller supplier MTA, and will include offices, meeting rooms, and a bar. Beyond the space, the “experience team” will provide coffee, beer, healthy breakfast foods, fresh fruit, kombucha, meditation groups, weekly massages and yoga, and partner with local restaurants and food trucks for lunches.
Ask any member of The Urban Hive why they are there, and they will tell you that it’s not just about the space or the features; but also about the people. ”Beyond a good location and a great space, what makes ‘the Hive’ special is its highly-creative, innovation-centric community,” says Oleg Kaganovich, founder of startup Wyndow, and venture partner with Frontier Ventures. “We all want to be inspired, to create, and to be better tomorrow than we were yesterday. The creative and technical cross-pollination amongst The Urban Hive membership is unique in Sacramento, and clearly in demand.”
“We are not aiming to create just another work space. The goal is something special, something beyond compare,” says cofounder Molly Weber. “Our new location in the Cannery helps us achieve that.” The new location is set to open in September.